Two views of what families want
TheStar.com – Opinion/Editorials/Worth Repeating
Published On Sat Sep 18 2010
The following is an exchange in the legislature this week between Conservative Leader Tim Hudak and Premier Dalton McGuinty:
Hudak: Let’s look at Dalton McGuinty’s so-called priorities for Ontario families.
You began this spring with a sex-ed curriculum that would start sex classes with 6-year-olds at a time they would begin learning their ABCs and how to tie their shoes. Then you brought in the HST tax grab. By the way, since Dalton McGuinty nailed families with his HST tax grab, we have lost some 60,000 full-time private sector jobs in the last two months alone.
You’ve brought in an eco tax that put a tax on 9,000 items that families use each and every day like bath soap and bath toys for their kids, and a green energy experiment that has enormously increased the size of the bureaucracy and increased bills up and up and up.
Premier, why don’t you just call it off on all these tax grabs and give families a chance to catch a breath?
McGuinty: My honourable colleague has a particularly distorted view of families. He sees them as nothing more and nothing less than an economic enterprise concerned exclusively with revenues and expenditures.
We understand that costs and family budgeting are very important to our families and that’s why we’ve moved ahead with a number of tax cuts. But I would argue as well that our families are very concerned about the education of their children.
We’re moving ahead with a brand new initiative, the first of its kind in North America: full-day kindergarten for our 4- and 5-year-olds. They (the Conservatives) oppose that. They call it a frill. They say it is big, shiny, unnecessary and too expensive.
We’re going to continue to invest in the future of this province by investing in our children.
That’s something Ontario families should know: When it comes to their children and their schools, we’re on their side.
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